No matter how big your screen is or how much it costs, it probably looks horrible. You’d be surprised how much more you enjoy these Netflix Originals with a soundbar or halfway decent surround system. Explosions erupt, dialogue seems much sharper, and you might even notice details you’ve never noticed before.
Why you need a sound bar
We haven’t yet tested a modern TV that doesn’t sound shabby without some sort of added audio accessory. This is mainly due to the way they’re designed – premium speakers are bulky, and as TVs have gotten thinner, with shrinking bezels and sleeker designs, manufacturers are finding it harder to integrate them.
Even if you can only afford to spend $ 150 on a new soundbar with a subwoofer, getting the most out of your viewing experience is essential. To help you out, we’ve put together this list of the best soundbar sets we’ve tested, along with some tips on how to get the most out of them.
Update March 2021: We’ve added the Vizio SB3621NS-H8, Vizio Elevate, and Sony HT-X8500, along with updated links, pricing, and honorable mentions.
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